Jenny @jennymarston_xo of Jenny in Neverland recently posted her answers to the 20 Questions Book Tag and left it open for any other bookworms to do the same, so here are mine.

How many books is too many books in a series?

As I’ve just read X by Sue Grafton (number 25 in her sadly-never-to-be-finished Alphabet series) I’d have to say it could be a limitless number. However you do have to have strong characters and compelling stories to keep the interest.


How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I do not like books with those cliffhangers that you know are only there to get you to buy the next book, and are so abrupt you carry on turning the page as there’s been no warning the end of the book is nigh. I do however love books with the sort of end that is not necessarily all nice and neatly tied up in a bow, one of those that can take you by surprise and make you gasp in the last paragraph. Done well that is a spectacular feeling to be left with.

Hard copy or paperback?

Paperback. I have no interest in buying hardback books, they are not comfortable to read in bed.

Favourite book?

What sort of question is that! It depends on the mood I am in. I could list them here until your eyes glaze over.

Least favourite book?

Absolutely no idea! I have clearly blanked that sort of information from my memory.

Love triangles, yes or no?

Yes, I suppose. Although as with all books it really comes down to the writing. As long as the story is written well I’ll go along with anything.


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The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I won’t mention it specifically but it was horror, badly edited and not remotely scary. It didn’t last long which is unusual for me as I often read poor books right through to the bitter end in the hope there will be some glimmer of something good at some point. I must have been short of time with this one.

A book you’re currently reading?

Money by Martin Amis. The first book of his I’ve read and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It will, I suspect, be one I will be re-reading at some point.

Last book you recommended to someone?

Well, I write book reviews every week so I guess it would be the last one of those: The Business of Writing Part 3 Improving Effectiveness by Elizabeth Ducie.

The BofW part 3

Oldest book you’ve read?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, as far as I’m aware. It was first published in 1813.

The newest book you’ve read?

As I now get to read ARC’s I’m reading them before they are even published. At the moment I’m reading Remember by Shervin Jamali as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and I believe it’s not due for release until 30th June.

Favourite author?

Now then, that’s asking for trouble, isn’t it? Naming names. I like many, of course, but if anyone wants to really know they only have to scroll through the reviews I write to pick out those that hold a special place in my heart.

Buying books or borrowing books?

I mostly buy books, of course, but recently, in a bid to increase traffic to the mobile library that comes to my village once a month, I’ve been borrowing a couple from there on each visit too.

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A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?

Oh, crikey, there have been so many. They are usually the ones that are hyped everywhere and as I’m always behind the curve on getting the latest thing I have them on my list for ages and I end up disappointed. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of those, I just didn’t get it. From the reviews that is clearly my problem. However, as we all know no book will ever satisfy everyone.

Bookmarks or dogears?

Bookmarks now but when I was a child all my books were terribly dogeared.

A book you can always re-read?

Any by one of my favourite authors, who shall not be named here. As I stated before see my reviews for further details – haha!

Can you read whilst hearing music?

As long as I’m not meant to be listening to it, yes. Something calming in the background is fine.

One POV or multiple POV’s?

Either, I like both. Again it comes down to the writing being good enough to absorb me into the story.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I haven’t had the luxury of reading a book in one sitting for many, many years, but that would be wonderful to do again. Perhaps one day. For now I read books over many days which is not always conducive for picking up on the subtle nuances in a clever author’s work but it’s the best I can do at the moment.

One book you read because of the cover?

There isn’t one that springs to mind specifically but I suspect there are many as my habit is constantly being fed by my attraction to a beautiful cover.


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If you’re also a bookworm and want to do this tag then go ahead. But do tag me in as I’d love to read your answers.

Thanks for reading.

Georgia x

2 Responses to 20 Questions Book Tag #books #bookworm
  1. Always love reading people’s answers to these things, G, and agree with you on how hard to answer many of these questions are!

    As well as that, I felt I had to speak out in defence of writers who write books with cliffhangers. We do not just write them to get the reading public to buy the next book/spend money; I actually have a 1* review for Tipping Point, accusing me of all sorts of nefarious schemes likes this, including thinking the reading public are ‘suckers’. Not only do I write cliffhangers (in my latest series) but I read a lot of books with them, too. Those I read are like those I write: a long, long story, that is far too long to be just one book. That is why my Tipping Point series, lots of post apocalyptic/dystopian series (as well as the Game of Thrones series by GRR Martin, and Lord of the Rings), are split up into lots of different books. If we stop the book at a point that we hope will make the reader long to know what’s going to happen next, so shoot us!! Isn’t that what they do in TV series, to keep you watching?

    Some long stories cannot be neatly wrapped up into stand alones, and the plots are too complicated/have too many characters to ensure that Books #2, #3, #4 etc, can be read without reading the previous one(s). I hope that has made you feel more kindly disposed to writers who write continuing series that don’t have neatly wrapped up endings – it’s really, really not because we just want you to carry on buying our books/spending money. We just want you to want to read them. There’s a difference!

    Something I do wish, though, is that all writers of series like mine would do what I do, and put a ‘previously on’ bit at the front – I actually have mine at the back of the books, with a link to it at the front. I’ve just read a Book #2, having read Book #1 several months ago, and I had to download Book #1 again to read the last chapter again, in order to remember what was going on!! I download my books on Kindle Unlimited wherever possible, btw, except with writers I know – they get the immediate benefit!

    • Thank you for your comment, T. I should perhaps have been a little clearer, because I have done exactly what you do with my own books. However, hopefully with mine, and certainly when I’ve read the first in your series there was a certain amount of wrapping up and a proper finishing point to the book that yes, made you intrigued about what was going to happen next but at the same time left you with the satisfied feeling of a book well completed.

      I read one once that literally ended mid action point. That is what I mean by a cliffhanger and it was not a good ending. It was just incredibly infuriating and I did not buy the next book because I knew the same would happen with that and the next one after that.

      I agree with you. If you write a series you do need to tempt the reader into the next book but you need to do that properly and not by actually leaving them hanging…


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